Handrails are a must have for every staircase. Installing your own handrails is not a hard job if you just buy some galvanized pip and some fittings. Here’s how you can do it.
Tools and Equipment Needed:
- Measuring tape
- Two tomato stakes 42 inches tall
- Two plant pots full of soil
- 1 1/2 inch galvanized steel pipe
- Type C-50 Kee Klamp fittings x 2
- Type 62 Flange x 2
- Concrete anchors x 4
- Pipe plugs to fit the pipe diameter x 2
- Hammer drill
- Concrete drill bit to fit concrete anchors
- Rubber mallet
- Angle grinder, or pipe cutter, to cut the pipe
- Hex wrench
Measuring the handrails
First of all you need to mark the spots where the posts will be placed. Just be sure that you install them correctly. The first posts needs to be 6 inches back from the first step and 12 inches over the last step. Now just measure the length and then calculate the amount of pipe.
The posts must have the same height. This should be at a minimum of 42 inches. Just cut the number of posts needed and be sure to cut the right length.
Installing the flanges
Make some post marks and then place the flanges on them. Also mark the place of the concrete anchors. Place the flanges in place by drilling some holes and hammering them. Use a hex wrench to fix the anchors.
Attaching the posts
Put the post into the flange and then secure it. Now measure the handrail pipe to be sure it has the right size for the cut. You can also leave the pipes a little longer. You should buy some fittings that have a ring that can hold the rail.
Attaching the fittings
Attach the fitting to the post. Fix the handrails and the tighten all the connection.
Inserting the plugs
Plugs are needed to be fixed to reduce the water damage that may appear.